Aquarium Rescue Unit – 12/14/2013 – Asheville, NC

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Aquarium Rescue Unit
Warren Haynes 25th Annual Christmas Jam
Asheville Civic Center
December 14th, 2013

01 Fixin’ To Die
02 Elevator To The Moon
03 Basically Frightened
04 Compared To What/Yield Not To Temptation *
05 Space Is The Place **
06 Right Now ***

* with Bill Evans & Roosevelt Collier

** with Casey Driessen, Roosevelt Collier, Bill Evans, Mike Seal, Dr Dan Matrazzo,
Billy Thornton, Ron Holloway, Warren Haynes & Craig Sorrells

*** with Mike Seal, Casey Driessen, Roosevelt Collier, Bill Evans, Ike Stubblefield,
Billy Thornton, Ron Holloway, Craig Sorrells & Mike Barnes

Recorded with Neumann KM184’s (foh – left, 10 ft. high) > Shure FP24 > Roland R26 @ 48 kHZ/24 bit
Recorded by D. Fries

Aquarium Rescue Unit – 08/08/2011 – Athens, GA

Aquarium Rescue Unit
8-8-2011
Georgia Theater
Athens, GA.

set time 2:50
01 crowd/tuning
02 Compared to What
03 Payday
04 Jazz Bank
05 It’s My life
06 Banter
07 Aberdeen???
08 Basically Frightened
09 Fixin to Die
10 Smokestack Lightning
11 Working on a Building
12 Zambi>Space is the Place
13 Spoonful
14 Trondossa
15 Billygoat
16 I’m So Glad
17 Too many Guitars
18 Lovelight
19 Crowd

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20 Yield Not to Temptation
21 Jack the Rabbit

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Photos by Ian Rawn

Article from An Honest Tune

Roughly halfway through a stellar three-hour performance that celebrated both an Aquarium Rescue Unit reunion and a Georgia Theatre resurrection, bandleader, philosopher and groove impresario Col. Bruce Hampton paused for a moment in reflection.

“It’s good to be back in the Georgia Theatre,” Hampton said to thunderous applause and scattered rebel yells.

“This is the third time I’ve opened it. I was here back in 1989…1978…1922.”

While the sold-out audience — and, presumably, those on “Couch Tour” watching online via iClips — laughed along with the Southern jam scene’s elder statesman, the significance of that moment’s convergence of past glory, present success and future opportunity surely wasn’t lost on anyone blessed enough to be in attendance.

Beyond the obvious delight in seeing the bright lights shine once again in one of music’s best-known and most-cherished marquees two years after the Georgia Theatre experienced significant fire damage, this Monday night show brought together killer talents and kindred spirits that Hampton both nurtured and inspired. While one would be foolish to claim a view from Hampton’s vantage point, you have to wonder if, on this magical night, the Col. didn’t surmise his surroundings and also reflect on his role in the dynamic careers launched, the artistic principles espoused, and the still-flourishing scene spawned.

This billing was not a full ARU reunion in that the lineup did not feature previous members Rev. Jeff Mosier, Matt Mundy, Count M’Butu and Charlie Williams, consequently lacking the bluegrass and funk elements infused in early-day ARU’s eclectic sound. In addition, Matt Slocum (Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards), perhaps best known for his work in Susan Tedeschi’s band, made his debut with ARU. Yet, no matter the personnel changes, it was clear from the moment the show began with an extended instrumental jam (sans Hampton), that all the players were dialed in and eager to prove that — no matter where their careers have taken them — ARU remains a mighty musical force.

Bassist Oteil Burbridge is a Grammy-nominated genius and centrifugal force, yet it was clear on this night that the star power belonged to guitarist Jimmy Herring, who since his ARU days has been involved in a number of intrepid ensembles (Project Z, Jazz Is Dead, Phil and Friends), though most notably for this rowdy crowd with home-team heroes Widespread Panic. During the intro, Herring’s beaming smile and restrained tone revealed delight and ease in the jazzy groove enveloping his sound.

Hampton, appearing buoyant in his step and relaxed in his resort-casual garb of red short-sleeve button down and khakis, graced the stage a few minutes in and introduced each band member by name and instrument before merely motioning at Herring to elicit raucous praise.

The band launched into Les McCann and Eddie Harris’ bebop classic “Compared to What,” which caught fire after the first chorus with Slocum working the Hammond B-3 to excellent effect in leading the group into its first solid groove. Hampton picked up Duane Allman’s ’57 Goldtop Gibson Les Paul to lay down some nasty blues licks and tight interplay with Herring during the next number, which also found Slocum’s frenetic fingers moving deftly between the organ and keyboard.

Slocum’s inspired play lead the band’s changes all night, and he delivered a slow, funky keys intro on a jazzy rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Night Life,” with Hampton nailing the lyrics. Moving about the stage and snapping his fingers in time from the amused pose befitting a Vegas lounge lizard, Hampton delighted the crowd with his classic “Basically Frightened.” He pointed at Burbridge for the line “I’m frightened of the ozone / When it’s in your hands,” prompting a solo so hot that Hampton used his towel as a fan to cool the bassist down.

The band next shuffled into “Fixin’ to Die,” the ARU version of a much different tempo and texture than Widespread Panic’s take on this blues staple. Driven by drummer Jeff Sipe (aka Apt. Q-258), who was steadily in-the-pocket all night, Slocum and Burbridge locked into an absurd keys/bass jam that catapulted all to a higher level of play and connection that carried the remainder of the show.

Classic blues tunes continued with “Smokestack Lightning,” which morphed into a fult-till, greasy-spoon, Zambie-fied frenzy. Beyond the infectious groove created with his instrument, Burbridge’s deeply spiritual resonance also surfaces in his vocal effects, which at this point ushered in a mellow-down-easy approach into another Hampton favorite, “Space Is the Place.”

Herring shredded a flawless transition into “Spoonful,” which Hampton introduced with a tip of the hat to its writer, blues legend Willie Dixon (though Howlin’ Wolf’s version is more widely recognized). An expected, though appreciated, “Lovelight” closed out the set at 11:30 p.m. A “Jack the Rabbit” encore, featuring a solid drum solo by Sipe, ended with a triumphant solitary exit by Hampton and Burbridge repeating “Jaw-Juh!” in a friendly taunt to a suddenly rapid, though satisfied, audience.

While the party in Athens righteously continued at full swing (including a rollicking sit-in by Slocum at the Nowhere Bar across the street), the conclusion of this show left some slack-jawed in their contemplative appreciation. The Georgia Theatre looks and sounds great, resplendent with plush curtains and upgraded from giant, hangover-inducing draft beers to tall boys, ready for a full slate of Fall shows. In the reunion, the Aquarium Rescue Unit experience felt less like a sentimental stroll down memory lane and more of a fresh and frenzied take on the scene, sound and success that this timeless collaboration created.

Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit – 05/09/2007 – Richmond, VA

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Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit
May 9, 2007
Innsbrook Pavilion
Richmond, Va

One Set:
Disc One:
01 Intro/tuning
02
03 Poor Boy
04 Shoeless Joe
05 Compared To What*
06 I’m So Glad*
07 Payday*
08 Band Introductions>Kalija*
09 Working on a Building
10 Time Flack

Disc Two:
01 Born In Chicago**
02 Time Is Free
03 Lovelight^

notes:
* w/ Derek Trucks
** w/ Duane Trucks on drums
^ w/ Yonrico Scott on drums

Source: B&K4022(ortf)>V3>744T (fob/dfc)
Taped & transferred by Craig Davis

Aquarium Rescue Unit – 2/17/2007 – Charlotte, NC

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Aquarium Rescue Unit
02/17/2007
Visulite Theatre
Charlotte, NC

set one:

1. Compared To What
2. Jazz Bank
3. Put Down that Cane > Fixin to Die
4. Payday
5. Give Thanks To Chank
6. Isles Of Langerhan
7. Jack The Rabbit

set two:

1. Intro/Tuning
2. Salty Dog *
3. All Night Long
4. Look Over Yonder Wall
5. Improv Jam >
6. Davy Crockett
7. Arkansas
8. Time Is Free
9. Shoeless Joe

disc three:

1. Working On A Building >
2. Vahmett

Encore:
3. Leisure Time > Cheese Frog

Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret) – Chazoid, Vocals
Jimmy Herring – Guitar
Oteil Burbridge – Bass, vocals
Bobby Lee Rodgers – Guitar, Banjo
Apt. Q258 – Drums

* with Kofi Burbridge on flute

source: AT 853 (cards) > Edirol R-09
Taped by Debra Jones
transfer by Debra Jones & Gordon Wilson

Aquarium Rescue Unit – 01/20/2007 – Orlando, FL

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JB & Friends
Aquarium Rescue Unit
House of Blues
Orlando, FL
2007-01-20

set 1 disc 1
01 born in chicago
02 spoonful
03 time is free*
04 fixin to die
05 elevator to the moon
06 yield not to temptation

set 1 disc 2
01 working on a building
02 compared to what

* with Sam Holt

source: Schoeps mk41v(dina)~>kc5~>m222~>nt222 + mk4v/mk8(mid-side)~>kcy~>vms5u~>744t (24/96)
recorded & seeded: charles fox

Aquarium Rescue Unit – 11/12/2006 – Quincy, FL

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Aquarium Rescue Unit
Down on the Farm Festival III – Spanish Moss Stage
Quincy, FL
2006-11-12

Disc 1

1. Intro by Paul and Sarah of DOTF
2. Zambiland->
3. Space is the Place
4. Yield Not To Temptation
5. I’m So Glad
6. Fixin’ To Die
7. Basically Frightened
8. Isles of Langerhan
9. Salty Dog

Disc 2

1. Payday->*
2. Got My Mojo Working->*
3. Payday*
4. Compared To What**
5. Turn on Your Love Light
6. Time Flack
7. Jack the Rabbit

E:

8. Workin’ on a Building->
9. Bass Jam->
10. Davy Crockett

* w/ Jeff Coffin of the Flecktones/Mu’tet-Tenor Sax and Kofi Burbridge of Derek Trucks Band-Flute
** * w/ Jeff Coffin of the Flecktones/Mu’tet-Tenor Sax Futureman of the Flecktones on Synth and Kofi Burbridge of Derek Trucks Band-Flute

Source: Matrix: SBD (L/R Channels delayed seperately via 2 Behringer Shark DSP110’s) + AKG 483(ORTF/DFC/FOB)>Oade Mod UA-5>JB3 Optical-In (.wav @ 44.1KHz)
Taped by: joel at jamlivedotorg
Transfered by: joel

Aquarium Rescue Unit – 10/28/2006 – Atlanta, GA

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Aquarium Rescue Unit
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA
10-28-2006

Set 1:
13:10 Elevator to the Moon
7:57 Zambi
8:30 Space is the Place
17:01 Basically Frightened
8:12 Fixin’ to Die
7:03 In the Year of Otad
22:52 Time is Free

Set 2:
7:56 Workin’ on a Building
9:43 Compared to What?
10:01 Payday
9:38 Little Poor Boy
5:01 Yield Not to Temptation
10:26 Jazz Bank
10:31 I’m So Glad
8:00 E) Time Flack

 

Aquarium Rescue Unit – 12/31/1994 – Athens, GA

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Aquarium Rescue Unit
1994-12-31
Athens, GA
Georgia Theatre

01 – Working on the Building
02 – No Egos Underwater
03 – Time Flack
04 – Satisfaction Guaranteed
05 – Search Yourself
06 – Payday
07 – Time is Free
08 – Two Truckloads*
09 – Fixin’ to Die**
10 – How Tights Yer Drawers***
11 – It’s Not the Same Old Thing****
12 – Stand Up People****

encore:
13 – Drum Jam*****
14 – Mr. Chickenman*
* – with Warren Haynes on slide guitar, Allen Woody on mandolin, Matt
Abts on drums
** – with Haynes, Woody, Abts, and Roosevelt on vocals
*** – with Haynes and Woody
**** – with Roosevelt
***** – Jeff and Abts on drums, Oteil and Roosevelt on vocals

(White Buffalo and Gov’t Mule opened)

Paul Henson-vocals
Jimmy Herring-guitar
Oteil Burbridge-bass, vocals
Kofi Burbridge-keyboards, flute, vocals
Apt. Q258 (Jeff Sipe)-drums

guest on the show :
Gov`t Mule

Taper : Unknown (Thanx :-)
Source: SBD>DAT
Seeded by BluesOxator incl. CD Cover Artwork

From The German Mule-Junkies
“One Kickin`Ass !” Mule Project
**For the Fans……By the Fans**

Aquarium Rescue Unit – 07/16/1993 – Knoxville, TN

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Aquarium Rescue Unit
1993-07-16
HORDE Festival
World’s Fair Site
Knoxville, TN

Plain or Peanut, Two Truckloads, Time Flack, New River Train, No Egos Underwater,
Basically Frightened, Yield Not To Temptation, Time Is Free*, Lost My Mule*

* with John Popper

Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit – Out of Print

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Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit
1992 Release
CD is Out of Print

01. Introduction (by John Bell (vocals, WSP))
02. Fixin’ to Die
03. Yield Not to Temptation
04. Working on a Building
05. Time Is Free
06. Basically Frightened
07. Compared to What
08. Time Flack
09. Davy Crockett
10. Walk With Peltor
11. Jazz Bank
12. Quinius Thoth
13. Planet Earth